London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Maps ;
From the cover: On the foggy coast of Oregon, where the precipitous mountains drop into the Pacific, the tiny community of Sundown perches between a wild ocean and a wilder hinterland. In this seeming wilderness live a group of cultured people who have evolved an urbane lifestyle that encompasses both gourmet food and a passion for the natural world. Not for them the worry over violence and substance abuse suffered by city dwellers. The only crime in Sundown is that of exploitation, as the local logging industry destroys the habitat of the spotted owl.
Living in this civilised enclave are several authors, most notably Lois Keller, the successful crime writer and, more regrettably, her husband Andy, a rather less successful screenwriter. And there is Boligard Sykes, the Hemingway lookalike who hasnt published anything yet, and the shadowy Gideon dEath, who is reputedly kind and ordinary but who produces weird adult comics that leave his sole distributor laughing all the way to the bank.
Then Andy Keller introduces his assistant Gayleen, a girl with the looks of a Mexican beauty queen whose doll-like face conceals a personality of an altogether different nature. The introduction demonstrates superbly Kellers ability to put the cat among the pigeons. And his perverse sense of humour makes him attach a bumper sticker to his wifes car: I LOVE SPOTTED OWLS. ROASTED.
When Miss Pink arrives in Sundown on the heels of Andy and Gayleen she finds a volatile situation, barely contained by good manners. Some people have decided to take matters into their own hands. Raptors have begun to operate in the canyons between Cape Deception and Fin Whale Head, and not all of them are feathered.
In the Crime Case series.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 191 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.